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Julie  Stachowiak, Ph.D.

Multiple Sclerosis and Dental Work

By July 13, 2010

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I just found out that I need a dental implant (long story involving an old root canal). For people who aren't entirely familiar with the implant procedure, it is pretty long and drawn-out in most cases, involving surgery to extract the remainder of the tooth (in my case), placing the implant, possible bone grafts, waiting several months for the bone to solidify around the implant, then fixing the new (fake) tooth in place. Clearly, this is kind of a stressful procedure, especially for those of us who do not love dental procedures.

Speaking from my own experience, I know that my MS symptoms tend to act up when I experience physical and emotional stress. So far for me, it has usually been pretty minor things, like my feet tingling more when my flight is delayed or feeling my fatigue more severely when I have specific worries.

I tried to research the effect of dental work on MS symptoms, but this is a pretty hard one to study - it would be really hard to get a patient population together who was having similar dental procedures done and even more difficult to evaluate their symptoms (and separate some of their observations from the biased observations that naturally occur when scientists link something in a study participant's mind). Plus, let's be honest - who, besides us, would really care? And, even if we found the most sympathetic people in the world to our possible plight of increased symptoms during and following dental work, what the heck could anyone do to alleviate the situation?

All I could find when I looked was information about: how people with MS may have more oral hygiene problems because it is harder for some of us to perform brushing and flossing duties, due to tremor or spasticity; that it may be more difficult for dentists to work on those of us who have a hard time keeping our mouths open or sit still; lots of people saying that mercury fillings cause MS; and (my favorite) a dentist writing in to a site to say that his patients with MS tend to be "moody, nervous or even unstable."

Therefore, once again I am turning to you, the people living with MS, just like me, who may be able to say, "Hey! Wait a minute! Maybe I do remember something happening for a couple of days after that last root canal..." While there might not be a whole lot any of us can do to make it stop or make it better, it often helps break the cycle of stress to know that others with MS have been there and felt similar things, but eventually emerge on the other side no worse for the wear.

So, let's hear it - anyone out there had increased symptoms during a dental procedure? What about in the days following? Anyone had a relapse happen that seems to be coincidentally connected to dental work? Any weird reactions to the anesthesia? I'd love to hear any and all stories in the comments section below. Thanks in advance.

July 13, 2010 at 11:22 pm
(1) Dee says:

I just had a dental procedure done about 3 weeks ago. I don’t think it aggravated my MS anymore than it was the worse experience of my life. Over the past 2 years I have had 2 wisdom teeth pulled (I am 46). Those were a picnic compared to this last procedure (tooth capped /infection). If this last time didn’t do it than nothing will. I think dental work is not a problem, for myself anyway.

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July 13, 2010 at 11:50 pm
(3) Belinda A says:

Well, in the past, I used to have lots of stress-related spasticity after leaving my dentist’s offices. So, finally, I stopped going. Then, I talked to a co-worker about his dentist and explained my issues (and fears) to him and to the people at his dentist’s office. The first thing he did was pinch my hand. He told me that if I EVER felt any pain worse than that, ALL of my dental work would be free! The second thing he did was remove ALL of my remaining silver fillings.

These have been THE best dentist and dental experiences of my life and now, I no longer have ANY MS-related issues when I go see him! He even lets me watch as he does the work. I get so distracted and fascinated watching what he is doing that I don’t even have a thought to being scared or stressed. I think that if you get a dentist that you are very comfortable with and who you FEEL has your best intentions at heart, then your stress levels (and stress reactions) are less likely to occur. The next time you to your dentist, take a small hand-held mirror (if you don’t have tremor issues) and just watch what they are doing. I believe your stress issues will all but disappear!

Btw, I, too, and going to be getting implants after I get my braces off and my crowns put in. I’ll try to keep you updated on that and my MS reactions (if any) to those procedures.

And, if you live in or near Philadelphia, PA, I’ll be sure to recommend the office to you.

July 14, 2010 at 12:10 am
(4) Jay Kraker says:

I’d recommend you check in with Dr. Jerry Tennant (jtennantmd.com) in Dallas, who’s done considerable research on the effect of dental work on various health conditions. In related work, he has studied the relationship between healing and the natural (low-level) voltage running through the body. While I don’t believe he has studied the short-term impact of dental work itself, he has found issues both with root canals and infection that can follow poor cleaning out of old crowns and fillings, especially those with amalgam. In our experience, his work has been remarkable.

July 14, 2010 at 1:06 am
(5) Mickey Irish says:

I have MS, and I have a real problem with Dental Neuropathy, all of sudden several teeth will hurt all at once, the pain will go on for days & then disappear, I have had so many root canals done, it is not funny, I am on a very limited budget on SSI, does anyone know of any help out there with Dental aid , especially for those of us with MS?, and ps that dentist that said people with MS are moody, I’d like to see you put up with all the pain & aggrevation that goes with this disease!

August 4, 2011 at 2:16 am
(6) Katherine in Oregon says:

I have had MS (and Mitral Valve Prolapse), diagnosed in 1995, but I’m sure that I’ve had the disease much longer.

Anyway, I am on Medicare Parts A&B, with low-income, and I’ve found it “very difficult” to find a dentist that will work with you with low-income patients.

I obtain my healthcare through my local Health Dept, which uses a sliding scale for dental procedures, but they only pay for 1. Cleanings 2. Fillings 3. Extractions and 4. X-rays.

I have a tooth (right now) that is bothering me, so I paid my $80 for an appointment and was told that I needed 4 root canals, some fillings, 4 caps and a deep cleaning with a panoramic xray for examination.

The Dentist was very rude, to me, telling me that I had to “pay” like anyone else.

I’m having gum issues and he would not help me, with that, because it isn’t part of my $80 co-pay. But, I argued, with him, that I wanted that cleaning….that day, then he could give me the exam and a panoramic scan to see how much it would cost me for a payment plan.

At this point, I’m going with an upper denture. The cost of of dental procedures are astronomical. In time, I will need a lower, too, but I feel that I can wait for the lower at this point.

Oh…I was told by my previous Dentist, that I did not need a Pre-Med because of my MVP. The new Dentist insisted that I needed to take my Pre-Med and I argued with them on that too. I feel that I should take it because of my poor immune system. Any other thoughts out there on this?

Low-Income dental work is hard to find.

As for symptoms, yes, I do have symptoms with my MS from dental procedures. The last extraction caused me to experience a dry socket, which was super painful requiring packing with medication WITHOUT numbing. I thought that was totally wrong for the Dentist not to give me something for the pain while his assistant was packing that dry socket.

If we could find Dentists that know or care about M.S. that would be a HUGE help!

October 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm
(7) mau says:

i live in montana and medicaid pays for two crowns per year. i go to the community health dental clinic, which has sliding fees for all dental work. i can’t say if all states have similar resources, but oregon does. http://www.coalitionclinics.org/dental-resources.html

July 14, 2010 at 6:42 am
(8) drbs says:

I had 6 dental implants done at the same time. What an idiot I am for doing that. Anyhow, my MS did not flare as a result of all that. I had intermittent trouble getting to and from the surgeon and prosthodontist for so many visits but that is typical and not a flare resulting from dental work. It took about a year for the entire implant process to be finished and now I’m thrilled with my teeth… but having so many implants at once was a HUGE mistake. The pain was unbearable at times. I should have spaced them out maybe two implants at a time at most. I did have a huge flare a number of months after the implant and teeth placement process was completed but it clearly was not related to any physical or emotional stress of all that dental work.

July 14, 2010 at 8:54 am
(9) Stuart says:

I have had many root canals ( I think 7), and never had repercussions after either of the root canals… In fact they were easier than having to deal with common daily ms symptoms that plague me. But yet, it terrifies me to go to the dentist and often I just pop an alprazolam before going inside to calm me. This dentist has no clue why I am so rattled when I see him. Maybe I should find another ?

So, no problems from root canals yet severe problems with my teeth and gums and after my last two fillings, have had severe pain in mouth for the last 3 months.

I had a dentist years ago who seemed to know more of MS then my current dentist and this too is a problem as I often have pain in mouth 9teeth) in various places on one side of mouth only. My old dentist had a name for this but I cannot remember what it was called and yes, he said, it had to do with the MS..

Now, this current dentist tells me that one of my capped teeth is loose and we’ll see in a few months if I need an implant. I am surely not looking forward to that..

So, let me know how it goes for you… I am sure I will have to have it as I do not want to be missing a tooth either…..

Have a great day…


July 14, 2010 at 9:08 am
(10) Grace says:

Before getting my dental implants, I had a lot of trouble with things like cankers and mouth infections. I had 4 implants done at the same time and am glad I did. It was very painful for a couple of days but medication helped a lot so it wasn’t so bad. Since my procedure, I’ve has less than 1/10 of the mouth troubles as before. It is one of the best things I’ve done for myself and am thrilled with the results. What I do recommend is taking a strong pain medication just before the surgery and then every 4-6 hours afterward for the first day or two after the surgery. When I finally got my full dentures (a a year later) my denturist gave me a SonicCare electric toothbrush to help keep the area around the implants free of food, etc. That is the 2nd recommendation I have. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush then, after you have your tooth (or teeth) get one. It can make all the difference in hygiene. and infection – especially for a compromised immune system and limited agility. I think my MS is doing better now because I’m not dealing with so many mouth infections and my nutrition is up because I can now eat many more raw veggies, fruit, etc., than possible before. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

July 14, 2010 at 9:50 am
(11) Diane J Standiford says:

Nope. And I am secondary progressive. DX MS 1990. See dentist every 6 months. My partner has FMS and has had several root canals, each worse than the other, she had a HEART ATTACK during one, because they could not numb the area and just keep shooting her up and finally gave up and yanked out her root!!!! (leaving the tooth stub to be removed elsewhere!) It was horrible. We have different dentists. The dentist makes a BIG DIFFERENCE!

July 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(12) C in TX says:

I wondered about the dental issues too. Dxd for 2 1/2 years now. I do get left sided TN so wondered if dental work would affect it. So far, no. I did have two “almost” root canals done recently– teeth grownd down for crowns, but roots kept intact and they used a mouth dam to make sure I didn’t swallow any mercury. Several teeth on my non-TN right side are very sensative to cold or heat. Dentist doesn’t see any problems. I wonder if it’s MS related nerve sensitivity. Is there any info out there about nerve pain in teeth because of MS??

July 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm
(13) Sue says:

I would guess that anytime there is trauma to the body of
any kind, there is a chance of an MS flareup. However, I had
major abdominal surgery last fall, and even with being off
all MS meds and having anesthesia, I did not have an MS
attack. Good luck !!

July 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(14) Mary says:

Wow! This is great timing. I am dealing with the same issue right now. I have mild benign MS for 21+ years. I am on Rebif.
I have researched implants too and I found the same stuff that you found (the ignorant dentist that said his MS patient was “moody”, etc).
And, to top it off, I just had major surgery in April (partial hysterectomy-I recovered exceptionally well!). I was worried about doing more to my body-because I am always mindful of stress in relation to my MS. I think I have had flare-ups in the past solely because of stress.
Anyway, I just had the tooth extracted-I was worried/stressed but I went in with good attitude and it all went just fine.
I have learned that the key is good doctors and good meds. The oral surgeon prescribed Vicodin and Motrin-I had received Vicodin for the surgery-and never took one. For both the surgery and the tooth extraction, I only needed the Motrin for a couple of days. Motrin is something that you need to keep built up before/during/until you are feeling better.
Speaking of doctors, my current neorologist is very calm, easy-going and nurturing. I think that helps me more than anything. His predecessor stressed me way out–she treated me like I was newly diagnosed. It was depressing. She was prescribing MRIs every 6 months, and proposing Tysabri and chemo drugs! Again, I have had MS for 20+ years! I have a benign case-I walk and talk and everything else-just slower than before. That first neuro acted like it was all an emergency with lots of doom and gloom.
I guess my point is that good docs really do help and bad docs make it worse.
Sorry so lengthy-
I will be dealing with the iimplant issue in a few weeks-the oral sutrgeon wants to wait for the area to heal for 4-6 weeks. I am approaching it leisurely. That works best for me. I will report back and look forward to future columns on the issue.
Thanks for all you do! Have a happy peaceful day :-)

July 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm
(15) Dave says:

I have had MS for 32 years. In recent years, I have had two dental implants done back to back with no ill consequences whatsoever. I say, “Go for it!” You’ll feel better, you’ll be healthier, and you’ll live longer.

July 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(16) Kathie says:

This really is timing on your part. I currently have a “flipper” for 2 upper teeth. I opted for this since I would need 1 for the implants as well and I am nervous/anxious about the implants.
My 2 teeth both had root Canals and Crowns and “I guess” during one of my falls I gritted my teeth so hard that the metal rod’s inside my jaw as well as the teeth broke.
My dentist explained about the “tensil” strength of the rod can only take so much pressure. (well they need too make them stronger then for those of us who fall :-)
I can say that having been diagnosed since 1987, trips to the dentist have gotten tougher with the spasms etc.
Please let us know about the healing (time) processes etc. I am excited to find out how good/bad it will be; the flipper is a bit annoying and would like the more permanent solution.

July 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(17) Sheena Gutierrez says:

So sorry to hear of your experience.. I for one have never had a root canal but I was kind of concerned about getting a gold cap on my tooth. I have heard that it can increase your chances of Alzheimer’s, being a brain issue that is what raised a concern for me. I totally believe that there is a link between dental work and MS flare ups! Thanks for sharing your experience!

July 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm
(18) Shirley Renshaw says:

Since 2004 I have 4 molars removed and because of costs I am now dealing with a partial plate. As a matter of fact my plate is for only 3 of 4 teeth. I will be going to my dentist next week for a check up and just last week I either lost a full filling or a part of my molar. In most cases my dentist has tried very hard to keep my teeth with tons of fillings which do not last very long mainly because of the location. The main reason I am having so many problems is due to my bladder meds. The theory goes it is the saliva that keeps your mouth healthy. Once your saliva is compromised your teeth do not have a chance. I also experience my MS worsens when I am stressed or having to hurry. My body just stiffens up in revolt. Going to the dentist is one of my most stressful times now. I used to have perfect and very healthy teeth but due to removal and deterioration I am not smiling much any more. More depression and then stress to deal with.

July 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm
(19) Alyssa says:

About a year ago I went to get an old filling removed and replaced. After the dentist came in and injected the side of my mouth where the work was going to be done I started to shake. I have never had any problems going to the dentist and this scared me. The dentist came back into the room and the hygienist told him that I was shaking and he told me that it just a ‘spooked’ reaction from the injection. I’ve had 4 wisdom teeth pulled 25 yrs ago, 2 fillings…. (and I inject myself every week) so I know he had no idea what he was talking about. He asked me if I wanted some oxygen and I said, “Yes”. I started to feel better, but the oxygen was scented with vanilla and that made me nauseous. I couldn’t wait to leave.
Now, it’s been a year since I’ve been back and I have a cleaning scheduled for next Tuesday and I’m taking someone with me in case I need a ride home. Just thinking about it is making my heart rate go up and I’m starting to shake… and I will probably not sleep well the night before the appointment, but I refuse to let that get me down.

July 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm
(20) jensequitur says:

My very first flare came about two weeks after a deep cleaning procedure, top and bottom. I was feeling pretty weird before the flare, but things didn’t really start ramping up until after the cleaning. I don’t know whether it was the nitrous oxide, the novocaine, or the work itself.

July 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm
(21) FichenDich says:

My response does not address the subject directly, but is I feel quite important. With my personal MS I suffer from extreme autonomic hyperreflexia. [Autonomic hyperreflexia is a reaction of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system to overstimulation.] In other words, my body vastly over-responds to stimulus. Anything other than a simple cleaning requires general anesthesia. As a result I never experience dental anxiety. I am unconscious for all of the work !

One last thing, despite what it might look like, when I exhibit hyperreflexia it does NOT hurt in the least. I experience zero pain. It is no different from what one experiences from the neurologist’s rubber mallet on the knee – just a whole lot more violent in reaction.

July 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(22) Dottie says:

I am now 73 years old, and have had MS for many years. Each year I find that anything I have to have done stresses me out more, and my MS symptoms get much worse. Dental work is one of those things. I need a crown done, and just thinking about it makes me very upset, so I keep cancelling my appointment. Last week I was to have the dreaded MRI’s done. Got in the tube, and had to get out immediately. I felt like I couldn’t breath, and the nerves in my stomach, arms and legs were jumping like crazy. It took me three days to calm down. In April I came down with shingles, this set me back for two months with all kinds of rashes, and itching, along with all the other usual MS problems. Add all this to the hot summer we are having in Florida, and all I want to do is sleep.

July 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm
(23) Kelly says:

I completely sympathize with your upcoming dental procedure. I am a horrible dental patient and I think a lot of it surrounds the issue that sometimes I have difficulty swallowing. I actually like that our medication is administered by injection (although I am not on anything right now…whole different story), but dental procedures are not fun for me at all. My equilibrium gets really off whenever I am at the dentist. I had braces as an adult and it was a huge challenge. I actually told my neurologist while having my spinal tap done that it was so much better than going to the dentist.

July 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm
(24) Collette says:

I have had “symptoms” consistent with primary progressive ms for the past two years. I had episodes of ms symptoms off and on for probably 15-20 years. I am now 63 years old.
MS has not been ruled out at this point. I have many lesions but their appearance are not fully consistent with MS

in the past year I have had three root canals. Two teeth blew up at once with little to no warning. The third had no decay issues whatsoever. I was advised I had reabsorption….caused by an autoimmune reaction where the body decided to do it’s own root canal. To say it was painful is an under statement. It is not a common situation. The white blood cells were eating away the root of the tooth. By the time it was discovered the condition of the tooth was very poor.

I also had to discontinue getting allergy shots weekly as the pain and discomfort from the needle and injection was just too great.

I know my comments are not directly related to the topic…..but, they are somewhat related. Thank you.

July 14, 2010 at 8:43 pm
(25) LaurieL says:

I have had the same worries. It seems that since I was diagnosed, I get very anxious about the dentist. And then we found out our dentis was lying to us and he didn’t participate in our plan and that we shouldn’t have been paying as much as we did. And then everyone wonders why I get so anxious about going to the dentist. I am not looking for a new dentist that participates in our plan.

July 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm
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July 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(27) jacki gard says:

my dr has me take xanax the nite b4 a procedure, 2 get a good nites sleep, & 1 an hr. b4 the procedure. it works like a dream(no pun intended) it does put u n a dream like state when added w/ my meditation.<3

July 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm
(28) Jim on the Cape says:

Dear Julie: Do it! You’ll feel much better with a great smile. I’m 60 years old. This is year 32 dealing with MS. Chronic Progressive for the last 15 years with serious classic MS problems. I’ve had root canals and extractions and right now I just happen to be in the middle of an implant. Never experienced a worsening of any of my MS symptoms from dental work. (Maybe some exasperation when the bills came in!)

July 14, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(29) Ree* says:

I was diagnosed this very day, July 14th, 1989. I am now 60, dealing w/ MS for 21 yrs. I am also SPMS & an RN, so I have a lot of knowledge before, during & after my diagnosis. I was on the original Betaseron, (after I was on a waiting list in the lottery & wasted an entire year) I was originally R/R & worked for 8+1/2 yrs as an OR nurse, very demanding, very tiring & on my feet 12-16 hrs a day. The dentist has always been a supreme issue for me. As a child I was sent to a dental school, where students practiced on my sister & myself, at the tender age of 6. No anesthesia was allowed, so the pain & suffering was always a stress issue, even at a young age. There was also 10-20 dental chairs in 1 huge room, w/ kids crying, screaming, bleeding everywhere, enough to give me a psychological fear of all dentists. As I got older, I did manage to go when I had to & I also have many root canals & crowns. After my MS diagnosis, I did notice more weakness & sensitivity to anesthesia because I found a dentist who would put me to sleep for any work I needed. I always awoke poorly, not sick, but so drowsy & weak I could barely walk out & always needed help to get home. recently I needed some minor dental surgery, a full root canal & crown replacement of several old fillings & a few small cavities. My dentist (a new one as my old one retired, but the same practice) was very understanding & gave me a lot of anesthesia, as I am a large woman. However I told him I am sensitive to too much & cannot fully awaken. He gave me way too much as I predicted & had a hard time getting home w/ my husband. I was so very weak & could not awaken. He needed help to get me out of the car into my w/c, up a ramp to my home. I remember little & tried to get to the bathroom when he was outside doing something. I fell in between the toilet & the wall & when he came back, he had to call 911 to get me up. I woke up 16 hrs later, in bed & have no recollection of how I got there or what really happened….. The days following I was lethargic & weak & could barely walk w/ my walker. As the days passed, I regained my strength, but it was a terrible experience. He did replace some amalgam fillings w/ porcelain, not because he said they caused MS, but they were old & loose. I do not believe the theory that MS is caused my amalgam fillings. After this ordeal, I am back to my usual self, nothing better, nothing worse. But the actual experience was stressful to say the least. Was it the dental experience, or simply the stress? I say it was a combination of both. In 2006 I had a Total Knee Replacement (TKR) On my affected MS side & had similar responses. I do believe it is a combo of the actual procedure wearing down one’s body & what little immune system we have left & total stress issues……I do wish you the best in your dental endeavors. be careful & voice your opinion BEFORE any procedure!!

July 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm
(30) Tricia says:

I never had problems with dental procedures pre-MS…broke my front # 7 tooth after last relapse. The nerve damage in my neck was so painful prior to 3 rounds of botox in the neck that my clenching response to the pain broke the tooth. Also having to do the long implant process. First bone graft rejected and I was told that I should take more Vitamin D (more than the 50,000 units already taking each week for MS along with a boat load of calcium supplements?) They realized this after re-drilling and implanting the screw which wouldn’t stay in place. Packed my gums full of larger bone particles which keep working their way back out, keeping the gums irritated all the time. I was told this is normal to overpack and then have to deal with the excess working its way back out. Next relapse happened shortly after the failed implant. Next attempt is early August. Whole procedure if it works is six months – redoing the bone graft stretches it out to 9 months. Partials may look good but they are the most uncomfortable things. Almost as bad as the relapses. I hope your process goes more smoothly!

July 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm
(31) Susan says:

My bro-in-law is a dentist in Chicago area for 30+ years. He worked his way thru dental school as a nurse anesthetist at Cook County Hospital. With that background, he has specialized in treating dentophobes and people for whom dental care would have to be done in the hospital under general anesthesia–kids and adults with developmental disabilities, etc. He can administer heavy sedation in the office and has patients who need that just to have their teeth cleaned. Fear of dentists is a very real problem.

My bro-in-law’s training is unusually extensive. That said, today’s dentists are trained to, and should, use the many ways that they have to help patients avoid pain, anxiety, and stress, regardless of MS or no MS.

When I complained to him once about a dentist in Houston who was unable to numb my lower jaw during a filling (which had never happened in all the years I went to him), in spite of repeated injections in the same location, he explained that 20% of people have a small branch of that nerve in the lower jaw that needs anesthesia injected in a different location when people continue to complain of pain. Guess my Houston dentist missed that part during his anatomy classes, and I found a new dentist.

I have never had a problem with relapses following dental work but have also been fortunate to not need anything more than several crowns. I’m 57, have had MS since 1981, mild course until 1998 when it got officially diagnosed so I could start on treatment. Now am somewhere between RRMS and SPMS with many symptoms and take a lot of meds for those. I know that my spasticity, fatigue, and cognitive problems get worse when I experience stress from any cause. If you can plan with your dentist beforehand on how to manage your concerns–with anti-anxiety meds, pain meds, adequate anesthesia during the procedures–I say go for the implant. The lengthy process is a big drawback, even for people without MS (my husband has had several), but the payoff in dental and general health can be great. If you’re still concerned, talk with him/her about having a bridge done instead. It can be anchored to the teeth on either side without problems and might be a good alternative–even if it isn’t “cutting edge” dentistry.

July 15, 2010 at 2:36 am
(32) Helen says:

I have experienced two things whilst at the dentist. A bad reaction to a numbing injection – my heart started to palpitate and I felt faint. After some oxygen I started to feel better. Then also when I was given a gum numbing injection for a filing one other time – the amount given was not effective and I could feel the procedure – the dentist had to stop and re-inject. She said that the amiount given should have been more than enough, but after a couple of minutes it had dissipated. Previous to this procedure I had a relapse and that side of my face and skull that was worked on had been numb for 6 weeks with odd ‘spider walking over your face’ sensations. The dentist said that cases like this had been documented before with patients with MS.

July 15, 2010 at 3:12 am
(33) ellinor says:

On dental problems
whenever I got an infection in a tooth – it went from day one when the dentist said we have to let i burn out – and gave me antibiotics to the next day were my face was all swollen and because the dentist was afraid it would spread to the jaw – she decided to pull it out. I lost nearly all my teeth in this way. When I got my diagnose ms I had this teory that it was the ms- immunesystem that
freaked out and made the infection go crazy. ..

July 15, 2010 at 6:04 am
(34) lynne says:

I think a good dentist makes world of difference.

I found a great one (years after finding her, learned she was a maxillofacial surgeon in another country!) and have had close to zero trouble since then. And I couldn’t say those problems were MS… just things like a sore jaw after root canals, or tender gums.

I think one of the most helpful things is that she is aware of my MS and does take some extra care. I am on anti-depressants, so I can’t have a ‘heavy duty’ anesthetic. Probably because of her experience she can still make sure the pain is minimal.

I have had many (MANY) root canals, and only issue is jaw pain after a long appointment. 90 minutes is exhausting.

Occasionally I have had an odd feeling after a crown has been done. Sometimes my jaw feels like it can’t remember how to sit naturally again. If that makes sense?

July 15, 2010 at 8:00 am
(35) All4gloryof God says:

My mom was diagnosed with MS 7 years after 4 dental surgeries–she had lost 30% of her jaw bone.

Also, this last January 12th –the day of the Haiti quake. I found her in respiratory failure and then she started seizing and had to be intubated for 3 days.

She had never had a seizure ever in her life. Three days prior to this she did have a deep cleaning without antibiotics.

I have always felt that the dental work directly affects her. I don’t know if this grand mal/respiratory failure she had was a bad exacerbation–she had never had one in 12 years of MS–due to the dental cleaning.

July 15, 2010 at 10:18 am
(36) Grace says:

I’m #7 above. To add a bit more about my MS might help clarify my dental experience. I have SP MS and have limited mobility. I walk what I’m able and then use a scooter and electric wheelchair. My MS currently involves dysphagia, one weak leg and one that’s just plain lazy and goes numb, foot drop, very little muscle mass in my right arm, fatigue, fatigue and fatigue, hyper-heat sensitive, and depression among other things. I also now have to take medication so that my throat and digestive system move food along it’s way. The more symptoms you get, the more you need to be able to sustain yourself with nourishment. Eating and dental health are very important. As time goes on, more symptoms appear so there’s never a better time to get dental work than right now. My 2cents worth anyway. Good luck, Everyone.

July 15, 2010 at 11:47 am
(37) Donna says:

I have never had a problem that I could relate to a dental visit. I go at least every 6 months.

July 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(38) dianna bennett says:

i had my first symptoms of ms after i had an abcessed tooth. the infection brought on my optic neuritis & my diagnosis of ms. this all happened in a 2 mon. period. guess what i’m going to the dentist today. how timely

July 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm
(39) dawn says:

one of my last relapses co incided with a deep infection in one of my root fillings t(done ten years ago), then the whiole steriod debate started up,weather to try and get rid of the infection before starting on steriod ivs,long story short,antibiotics didnt clear it,dentist advised it was such an old filling it prob been there on the previous couple of occasions where i had steriods,5-6years ago,upshot in the delay my symptons lessened so didnt need to make the decision.

July 15, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(40) Rach says:

I had to have all of my teeth removed because the baby teeth got the ‘strong’ bit, and my adult teeth were rotting in my mouth.
This took a few months to get completed, because after every extraction I was given a week to shake the ‘icks’. Even so, I had to take some weeks off from that–thankfully I had a dentist who has treated people with MS!

It usually took me a few days to totally get rid of the tremors after the tooth pulling, and I had to take another few days to sleep it the rest of the way off. Otherwise I’d have had zero energy at all.

July 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(41) Jeri says:

I’ve had 2 implants, bone grafts, you name it. My front teeth are the only ones without crowns. It was a steady stream of visits to the dentist. I had a great dentist, but lots of problems. Numbness in my face was a big problem and a hard one to figure out since it could have been caused by a number of different things, especially when surgery was involved. I’ve avoided some problems now by going every 4 months instead of 6. My newest thing is a rash in my mouth caused by dryness, and then it’s a question of medication or something else. It’s hard to say how MS plays a part, but I sure believe it does, considering the timing of dental troubles and MS symptoms.

July 15, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(42) Nikki Cordova says:

A few months ago I had 2 teeth pulled (on different days). I have such a phobia of those shots they give before doing a proceedure that I think the stress of worrying about it is what made the MS active.. It was the day after I had the second tooth pulled that I ended up in the hospital for 4 days on IV steroids.

July 16, 2010 at 12:26 am
(43) susan mcaulay says:

i’ve had symptoms from dentil work. since i;v been on rebif for a year or two. befor the rebif i never had a reaction to the anestetic when i had one wisdom tooth pulled and the murcurie fillings replaced. i had tremers from one anestetic for five hours after getting a filling replaced. then they tryed a diferent anestetic to do a filling and that gave me the tremers and a bounce in my walk. i had to stay at my moms for the rest of the day because i couldn’t walk or look after my daughter. it also takes forever for the freezing to come out. and because the cavity was so deep now my tooth is sensitive to hot and cold. the dentist want’s me to go back for a root canal but i’m too scared and i hate the pain of what dentists do. i also have tmj so i can’t hold my mouth open for long.

July 16, 2010 at 6:45 am
(44) Truus says:

Dear Julie,
I read every week your news letter, i read all peoples comments about dentist, i was chocked to read how many people have rootcanals and implants, i was diagnosed with Progressive secondary MS 3 years ago i am 61 with lots of lesions in brainstem, i had an infection in my tooth and was on and of antibiotics i had 7 rootcanals, who never gave me problems but there was always that hidden infection just a very low grade fever, nobody worried about it because they could not see anything wrong with my teeth on Xrays, then i met a dentist he said to remove all my root canal filled teeth my MS was causing me so much problems that i just wanted to die i got TN at top of it, i live in Perth WA and had to go to Sydney where a dentists was prepared to take 7 teeth out and clean bone etc, after i had them all out all my symtoms are gone no TN anymore i got instant energy lots of energy, i have never felt better before, its my duty to let all MS people know to get all silver fillings out and all rootcanals by a good holistic dentist, i have seen one woman coming out of her wheel chair 1 week after she had 1 rootcanal pulled and cleaned out, also don`t have implants,
My Neorologist even believes me she knew how sick and bad MS effected me, i never took her adviced medication, i only take high good nutritional products, please go to Dentist Robert Gammal.com webside and read every thing there is a lot of evidence, Please have a look, i am just back from Holland my family could not believe my improvement, Regards Truus

July 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(45) Wendy Smith says:

The first thing that I would like to say is I have a lot of pain in my teeth on the one side of my mouth only. This is the same side of my face that has a lot of spasticity. When I had my wisdom teeth removed and I had them removed one at a time, they all caused a flare. I had one cavity filled and it caused a flare. So, needless to say, it was several years before I went back to a dentist! However, I found a new one who specialized in the removal of amalgam fillings and I had him do that work. I felt really comfortable with him and he would only work on one quadrant of my mouth in a visit; that included even my cleanings! With him I have never had a flare. However, he had to send me to an oral surgeon to have two teeth pulled due to my not going to a dentist for so long and that set off a really rough flare. So, I would definitely say it all depends on how comfortable you are with the dentist and how capable they are.

July 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm
(46) Gunga Din says:

I was diagnosed while teaching overseas in China. I was diagnosed shortly after I had a root canal and some caps put in. I was curious about this as well, as my mother also had MS (she passed away many years ago from complications) and the story in the family is that she had a filling repaired a few weeks before she was diagnosed. I asked my father, however, and he believes that she had symptoms before she was officially diagnosed. Maybe looking at the drugs that are associated with numbing pain or sedatives used in dentistry. I have always felt especially weak after taking sleeping pills. However, this may be normal. I have no idea. Hope this helps and I love your blog. Has there been any more news on GIFT15?

July 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(47) Penny says:

As a matter a fact I had dental work done the Friday before I was diagnosed with MS, I went to work on Monday and had the worst headache ever, I called the dentist to see if it had anything to do with my dental work and he said no but if this was the worst headache that i should go to the ER, so I did, they did a cat scan saw something and then sent me for an MRI, the rest is history, things that make you go HMMM, should be a study of some kind I’m thinking..

July 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm
(48) Jessica says:

Over the last few years my teeth have begun to basically desinigrate (sp?). Some of this is from past drug abuse, heredity, and a dry mouth due to all of the prescriptions I was taking. The biggest way getting work done effects me is that it will bring on cluster headaches. I don’t mind the work so much as the knowing how bad the headache will be later.

I hate to let my teeth go, but with little income and no insurance you have to do what you have to do. I do not want crowns, root canals, caps or anything. I have watched my mother be tortured my entire life by mouth problems and I really don’t want to go through it. Would really prefer for them to be taken out and whether implants or dentures…not sure.

Those clusters are too much pain that it makes me dread the dentist.

July 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(49) KatP says:

I have had two root canals and within a week or so following each one I developed MS symptoms

July 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(50) mary says:

yes, dental procedures make my MS flare up. When I
have a dental procedure, my fatigue increases, I get
some type of tissue ulcers in my mouth (in mass) and
at the corners of my mouth. The anesthetic gives me a hard time, making me feel ill. I have very dry
tissues (gift from MS) and the tissue remaind painful for days. The increase in symptoms is consistant and takes about a week to resolve.

July 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm
(51) david says:

I am a young dentist with MS, i’ve been in general practice for 3 years now and with MS for 1 year. I am sympathetic to my patients with this disease.

I would say good oral hygiene and regular check ups are important. Infection is what we want to avoid. Prevention is ideal… why? because its less painful, less money, and usually less invasive. Hope this helps!

July 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(52) Sylvia says:

Just a word of warning. I too have severe bone loss in my gums, proabably from taking Fosimax for three years. When my dentist spoke with my neurologist, they both agreed that bone grafs from cadavers would not be in my best interest since I am on Tysabri and it drastically lowers your immune system leaving you vunerable to infections, so he went with lazer instead. Also, my dentist wanted to give me “oral steroids” to help the healing and swelling and that to is a BIG NO NO if you are on Tysabri.

July 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm
(53) Debbie S says:

I wear dentures and recently experienced a problem with my lips and tongue which I thought was thrush and was treated for it – did not really help – well the end point is that I diagnosed my own problem – stress – when I get stressed out my PH and hormones are totally out of whack – so the solution for me – arm and hammer baking soda mouthrinse – it worked and still does – my tongue occasionally still burns and I suck on mints and sour watermelon gummies – no med in the world is a cure – but this sure helps me get through it – I tried everything else and nothing worked – so for those of you who experience denture problems – use A & H for a rinse and soak – it does really work – at least for me.

July 22, 2010 at 12:03 am
(54) KBigg says:

I just had 2 root canals and the last 2 weeks have experienced the worst fatigue from it.. My MS lays pretty dormant but this is tough.. If anyone has any tips for fatigue please let me know.. I’d rather not go on Nuvigil just yet – I am hoping for a more natural route..

July 22, 2010 at 11:16 am
(55) Grace says:

Speaking of infections and MS, this article is very interesting. I find this to be true in my case. I always have gut infections and am on antibiotics non-stop to try to keep it and my rosacea under control.


July 23, 2010 at 7:18 am
(56) Sandi says:

Since I was diagnosed (1998), I have had MORE dental work done than in my entire life! Three root canals, 11 cavities, three wisdom teeth pulled (the fourth never came in) and some sort of weird pain in my jaw that happens when I blow my nose too hard. I’m not sure where that all falls into place though…

August 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(57) Pamela says:

I was diagnosed with MS in 2003. I started having symptoms right after a root canal. My left hand went numb and I became progressively ill over a period of approximately 3 months. Then, the diagnosis of MS was made after tests were run.

September 5, 2010 at 5:44 am
(58) Irma says:

Before I was diagnosed with MS I had a root canal and I was in shock and alot of pain. The next morning I woke up and I couldn’t see properly. I contact the after hours (on a Saturday) dentist and asked if a root canal could cause a migraine (I thought that was what I had). I fed myself with pain killers and eventually went to my Doctor who sent me to an Ophthalmologist. I was diagnosed with optic neuritis. Eventually I was told months later that I had suspected MS and went to hospital for overnight tests. It was confirmed in April 2001. I still stress about dental treatment, hospital visits, even blood tests. I have no doubt the root canal triggered an MS symptom.

September 11, 2010 at 8:44 am
(59) Sharon in MO says:

Wow…..what a great topic! I was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago after a surgical procedure changed my life drastically…took them a year to figure it out when I didn’t wake up as “me”.

I’ve had multiple root canals and crowns. Always on the same side they never seem to get it numb…..I was told it was because of extra nerves. Each time it would leave me feeling wiped out for days with a terrible headache. Now I know it was due to the MS and not from every other excuse the dentist could come up with.

Unfortunately, I’m now in search of a dentist once again. In the time since my diagnosis my teeth are falling apart….from the inside out. With a mouth full of crowns and root canals I’m amazed that they still can hurt so much. Sigh…..I hope there’s a dentist out there.

December 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm
(60) Kristin says:

Had my last wisdom tooth removed couple months ago shook like a leaf in a windstorm the entire time in the chair but day later just normal pain and swelling, however i could not touch my nose for a week as it mad my front tooth hurt.

December 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm
(61) TryingToLiveWithMS says:

Dental care has been a major problem for me for many years and I do believe it is due to the MS.
First off…. over many years I have had a few root canals done which I don’t think were even necessary. Since being diagnosed with MS, I clearly recognize that the nerves in my teeth DO have flair ups! Some or all will be affected and then after the flair up is over, they are fine again. I have learned to leave my teeth alone unless there are signs of infection present. I can’t seem to find any research anywhere concerning how MS affects the nerves in the teeth and my dentist does not think MS affect the teeth…..But I strongly disagree, from years of personal experience!! If anyone knows of any research done, I would love to read it.
Secondly… MS has affected my jaw, therefore I cannot either open my mouth wide enough to have work done or cannot hold it open long enough. Many years before being diagnosed with MS, this was diagnosed as TMJ.
And thirdly…I now know that it is no coincidence that I have a major flair up after each dental visit as coincidences just don’t happen over and over and over again. I am thinking in my case it may be the anxiety of the whole dental experience that cause this for me along with the pain and anxiety of trying to keep my mouth open. Dentist visits and major MS episode goes hand and hand for me.

January 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm
(62) Julia Neely says:

I have had MS for over 20 years, it took 10 years to finally diagnosed me. In 1996 I went to the dentist and had a little work done. On the way to the dentist, I was hit from behind. It was not big deal but it scared me really bad. That weekend I had my first attack with TN. I was on stadol for pain (only 3 or 4 times) and tegretol for several years. Then in May of 2010 I had a root canal done plus a filling. I had told the dentist that I could not keep my mouth opened for a long period of time. He did not listen to me and once again I was nervous that the TN could flare up. Less than 2 wks later I lost my sight in my right eye. I had opic neuritis. Plus my jaw was very sore for several weeks. Now my teeth have shifted and I need braces. I am so glad I found this web site because I just put it together yesterday about the dentist. Do I try braces or not? I am opened to the fact maybe the stress caused it. Please, I welcome comments.

January 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm
(63) mari says:

I am so amazed at all the comments. There is a lot of evidence that people with ms have a lot of problems with their teeth. I was diagnosed 6 months ago and I was just told yesterday that one of my wisdom teeth needs to be extracted. I’m terrified that my symptoms will worsen. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not the first and I won’t be the last to experience this. God bless you all and remember that only we know what we go through on a daily basis but continue your prayers and God will grant what you ask him for.

February 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm
(64) jackie says:

hi, my name is jackie and i had 1 wisdom tooth extracted that took 3 months to finally heal. i had to have a second one removed and i tell you what this time was far worse then the 1st time my face has severe swelling and on top of that i developed bells palsy. i think that after this my teeth are just going to have to rot in my mouth

January 5, 2011 at 10:49 am
(65) tracy G says:

I am having major dental problems now. I’ve had a few episodes of severe tooth pain,that went away in a few days.(much like other weird M.S. symptoms that I’ve gotten used to) I’ve also beem taking Tysabri as my MS treatment. One of the side effects listed for that drug is tooth problems,but it is listed on the very bottom of the list. My neuro didn’t seem too worried or convinced that could be a side effect. The drug is a whole different issue. I havent had any relapses since I’ve been on it since 4-10. I have been sick pretty much the whole time,antibiotic after antibiotic.One of the side effects is a weakened immune system.
Just wondering if anyone else is having the same types of issues.

January 31, 2011 at 7:23 am
(66) Gwenda says:

I had a filing 10 days ago and felt shocking from the moment I got off the chair.I am now having a full blown relapse, numbness, tingling all down my right side. I had diplopia a while back and now I believe that coincided with another dental procedure. I am going to check that out more thoroughly. I am not a nervous patient so it definately wasn’t stress related.

February 22, 2011 at 11:50 am
(67) Dawn says:

Nice to have someone wanted to hear from a ms patient. I have primary progressive, it is daily and I don’t really know if it worsens or brings on bed for weeks. I do have two questions… A really good dentist I used to see in another town wanted me to be on an antibiotic anytime he needed to do work involving any cutting into the gum. Second, I do not respond to the numbing shots… I usually require at least 5 or more shots, once I had to just go through a root canal with not being numb as I had 7 shots and all the laying in the chair for two hours I just said please just finish the root canal so I could be done with it(very very painful). Anyway, I wanted to research if the anti-biotic is required before dental work. I take all natural aloe vera based anti-biotic now but still want to know so I can dose up before hand.

March 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm
(68) Trac G says:

Dawn, I just had a root cannal and asked the Dr. about an antibiotic. He tole me that he normally doesn’t perscribe them unless he finda a problem. With me he found that the tooth was infected. He put medicine on it and gave me an antiobiotic. I’m sorry it was so painful for you. If I ever needed another one I will insist on the antibiotic before.

March 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm
(69) CentralNY says:

I have a terrible history with dental work and M.S. Never had M.S. diagnosis or symptoms before, but had a string of bad dental work 2008-2009, and trigeminal neuralgia hit me Nov. 2009. The dental work started with a cavity fill, they hit the nerve, did a root canal, cracked the tooth putting in a post, and after a year of repeated infections, the tooth was pulled; next horror story, the next dentist ground down the two teeth on either side for a bridge, and destroyed those teeth (incl. one tooth w/old amalgam fillings), necessitating root canals on them; trigeminal neuralgia hit a few months later; MRIs done revealing demyelination on spinal cord; I started getting some weakness and balance issues 9 months later, and now, 1 year later, I have ongoing pain from the TN, and, more demyelination (thus the M.S. diagnosis finally 1 month ago), and, a TERRIBLE exacerbation the last month, my first real one (tremors, weakness, leaden exhaustion, tinnitus, bad Lhermitte’s, bad paratheshesia, trouble walking and balance). Also I noticed the last 2 times I went for a cleaning and got a numbing injection so they could clean the “bad” area, I started involuntary shaking; current exacerbation started after dental cleaning 1 mo. ago. I am convinced my MS either caused or exacerbated by dental work. Dentists now refusing to work on me b/c they say all my pain is related to MS. Help!

March 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm
(70) Tracy G says:

I just had a root cannal. The dentist was aware of my MS . I fell lucky I did not have a relapse. I don’t know if you were nervous about your dental work,but stress can certainly bring on an a relapse. I went through a period of relapse after relapse. I have been relapse free now or almost a year
With M.S it’s hard to tell because everyone is different. I have alot of stress in my life now and I havent relapsed , is it the treatment or someting else? My last MRI showed that some of my lesions actually seemed to be healing. It’s an awful condition because no one knows. I have a great neurologist but he doesn’t know either. He says he can’t quite figure me out.NOt sure if that’s good or bad thing.
Don’t give up on the dental work,maybe there is a specialist in your area that is familiar with MS. and how the nerves could be effected by the work.
Good Luck!

March 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm
(71) Mary Fisher says:

I had an appt for dental work for a root canal in 2003.Right before the appt. I got sick with severe pain on the same side of the alleged root canal,but now involving my face, with nausea,etc. It was diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia. I had the root canal done still hoping for relief.
I went back to the dentist to have it rechecked as I still felt dull aching pressure.To this day,7 1/2 yrs later, using a mouth guard,taking bacolfen, topamax, etc. I still have symptoms and then have to experience the annoyance of the professionals when I mention these because they don’t have some rx or pat answer. Sorry, as a nurse for 35 yrs. I always listened to my patients because it was what it was for them.

April 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm
(72) Heidi says:

I had pain on right side several yrs ago. Two opinions later was told I needed crowns. Had them done and the pain was so severe that I had gone back 17 times for adjustments. Went to another dentist for opinion, said i needed root canal on 1 crowned tooth. Had it, helped nothing! Went for 4th opinion, said everything was fine. Went to 2nd oral surgeon who agreed to pull the tooth. no cavity, no decay, no smoking gun. Pain went through top & bottom of all teeth, top & bottom. Terrible neuralgia but not trigeminal ( I have that on Left side so I know what that is like) Surgeon that pulled tooth said he would not work on me till I saw another neurologist. He did MRI, said he didn’t know why I had this pain. 3 yrs after crowns done and five yrs after getting sick with transverse myelitis, 4 mri’s later, I was just diagnosed with MS last month. I am a firm believer that MS aids in dental/mouth/gum/nuralgia pain. The new spots on last MRI confirmed it for me

April 25, 2011 at 12:30 am
(73) Kelly says:

I never had a problem with dental procedures until after my diagnosis. After diagnosis, I’ve had problems with the anesthesia not deadening the tooth. It’s happened about 3 times. The last time, a couple of years ago, I had a filling replaced & it didn’t deaden. I could feel everything as if no anesthesia had been given. The dentist gave me another injection which immediately made my tongue feel as if little explosions were going off on it. After that one side of my mouth & my tongue were completely numb for 4 or 5 months.

July 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm
(74) suzie says:

I am going though diognosis for MS. For 5 years i have had problems with dental work including having to wait two hours for the anithisa to work and then the dentist getting annoyed! Or i have the injections and they start the work with which i feel no pain and an hour or so later the numbness starts to set in annoying! also they have to use a clamp and i have problems opening my mouth and keeping it open.

August 4, 2011 at 3:21 am
(75) fiona3012 says:

I had major dental surgery about 6 years ago at the local dental hospital which ended up taking almost 4 hours. They had to put dental blocks in to keep my mouth open; the stress caused shingles and a majore relapse – took to my bed for several weeks!
As to oral problems – when first diagnosed 30 years ago and put on prednisone tablets (250mg) per day – my well-kept gums went into meltdown. Spontaneous bleeding etc. (have had this response to various meds).

I find Waterpiks to be absolutely amazing in keeping plaque and gigivitis at bay. Easy and pleasurable to use and great fun! Also a gel called Gengigel. I get mine from the UK. (I’m in Oz.) It has something called Hydrolauren which helps heal gums. This occurs naturally in the body.

Love reading about others’ experience.

Stay well.

August 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm
(76) terri says:


I am undiagnosed, but very close to it my neuro says within the next year or two.

I just had a dental procedure of 2 cavities fixed on my right side, which is the side my symptoms first started in 2003 with a tooth extraction and trigeminal neuralgia, and the MS emerged.

One hour after the above procedure, now I am having numbness and tingling severely increased all over my body, tremors, and blurred vision. This is almost exactly how it started in 2003, except right now I am not having any TN pain, but still numb from the Novocaine.

I did not get any epinephrine, thankfully, at my request to my dentist because I thought this was the cause in the past.

I DEFINITELY feel there is a link of MS exacerbation and/or possible relapse with dental procedures/multiple sclerosis. You are not alone….

August 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm
(77) Shirley Clarke says:

I have had MS for over 25 yrs. 2 years ago I had to have a tooth extraction. The dentist took half an hour trying to extract the tooth until finally he got the top dentist who took the tooth out in a couple of seconds OMG I had a dry socket and was put on antibiotics and it seemed to be ok but then I then experienced so much pain, throbbing pulsating pain and also then had like a naralga pain which I had never had before the extraction. I have been seen by a couple of maxofacial consultants. I have had full xrays but nothing has showed up and was told that it could take around a year for this to sort itself out due to the difficult extraction. A year later the pain increased and then I started to get this awful feeling like a rock was in my mouth and awful sensations which is absolutely driving me crazy with me having to push my tongue up against the teeth next to where I had the extraction to divert these awful feelings. I have had physio, laser, and acupunture but to no avail. I have seen pain consultants who just fob me off all the time with one person saying one thing and another saying something else. My latest instalment is going back to the dentist (not the one who did the extraction!!!) Anyway now I am having a soft upper night splint made to wear but the dentist doesn’t seem to give me much hope and said to me last week that it is all due to me having MS and gave me a lecture on MS and nerve damage as thought I was stupid. I am currently on gabapentin but doesn’t help. I must admit though that I do suffer with stress and know that stress does make anything worse but this mouth problem is now driving me to the point of insanity. I just now do not know what to do anymore. I really used to enjoy eating but even that now is not a pleasent experience. I wish someone had answers for me. My only consolation is my lovely Twin Sister who is my love of my life. We are so close and she seems to be the only person who really understands me. Take care

October 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(78) shirley says:

I have had MS for over 30 years.Last year I started having
vry sensitive & then extremely painful ,the Dentist informed me I also needed root canal & crowns now here I am
$ 4,000.00 poorer
I also have permenent Optical nerve damage which the
visits to the Optometrist are not covered by Health Services
so here I am having to pay & pay for every thing :-(

October 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm
(79) mau says:

i had such a bad time at the dentist that i did a lot of research before i finally googled the right thing and found this place. i can relate to so much of what you all are saying.

i’m going to try to make it quick and clear (partly cuz sitting up and moving my fingers is a tall order for me right now–i’m sorry i can’t manage the capitalization bit).

it’s clear that some of these things can happen to anyone. due to a quirk in anatomy or to a dentist’s mistake, anesthesia can miss. several times. the needle can damage a nerve. also, if the anesthetic contains adrenaline, many people will have a bad stress reaction to the injection. sometimes the injection is misplaced so that the fight or flight response hits harder. you can get anesthetic without the adrenaline. ask for it.

if you have ms, as i do, make sure you find out beforehand that your dentist is a completely competent one, especially when it comes to anesthesia. you want to avoid extra visits and additional injections. i’m not saying they’ll get it perfect every time right off the bat, but when they’re good and caring you will get less shots and less pain.

even the nonadrenaline anesthetic had a bad longterm effect on me. i’m extremely sensitive to any neurotoxins, which anesthetic is. i’m having a relapse right now, started in the chair during a root canal, and its been two weeks. hoping for a break soon.

on the other hand, i guess i should be glad i got it done before i needed more intense work that would have left me in a worse state than i am now. some of the stuff you all have been through, i don’t know what i would do.

hope i feel better soon, and all of you, too.

November 21, 2011 at 7:03 am
(80) Michelle Newell says:

Back In !988 after having wisdom teeth extracted, I experienced tremors shortly after the surgery. As days went on , I started experiencing vertigo, dizziness, and tremors in my legs. Went to a couple of nurologist and was told they suspected it was either Ms or lupus.
Being a young woman at the time, I ignored my symptoms and went on with my life, just taking the symtoms as they would come.

It wasn’t until my early30″s when I started to take my symptoms more serious. I was raising 2 children and my synptoms were becoming more and more pronounced.

stabbing pain in my jaw
Extreme fatigue
Spasticity in my legs
Unable to remember things as well as before.

I under went a of series of test. One being a lumbar puncture , which left me needing a blood patch.
Most painful procedure I have ever experienced! Child birth was a breeze compared to that!!
To make a long story short I was diagnosed back in 2003.
I truly believe my dental procedure triggered my MS
I have told this story to several people and amazingly, there are others out there with the same story. Would be intersting to find out if this indeed could be contibuting factor, causing the onset of MS.

November 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm
(81) Mirelle says:

MS for many years. I always seemed to be ridiculed by dentists who cause agonising pain even with a filling. My teeth are so sensitive to pain. Once I reached down to a male dentist close to testicles and thought “If you cause me any more pain, I am going to show you what it feels like” but got handled by nurse and had to put up with it. Stephen King horror. Stupidly, at one point, I thought laser whitening would be good – the blurb said no pain except a little tingle but, gads, a little tingle for one can be very painful for others. Was told afterwards I would get a few tingles and ended up with two days of extreme pain that had me crying. Don’t even think about it MSers. And the whitening lasted about a month – boo hoo. $1,000 to torture myself. I feel such a fool.

November 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm
(82) lynn says:

I have always had difficulties with my teeth. I have had the absolute dentists alive as well as a couple of the absolute fantastic ones. I go regularly but I still do not enjoy it. As far as humidity goes, I am definitely worse when their is High Humidity . In the Summer I can put on the A/C but the other seasons are up for grabs. At this point I am being switched from Rebif to Avonex. Rebif was working for my M.S. for the last 15 years. Now my body is suffering from Severe Exzema/ Or Psoriasis. ( Another Gene that I inherited ). My skin all over my body including my scalp, my vagina, are now being attacked. This made it unbelievably difficult for me to give myself an injection. I went into Panic Attacks every time I prepared myself for an injection. I have been giving myself this needle without any difficulties until now. I have never had a Panic Attack until Now. Therefore I have had to venture to my G.P.s office 3 times a week for them to do the job. I am now getting more sight reactions as well. Will see what happens with the Avonex? Lynn

January 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm
(83) Julie says:

I had 2 wisdom teeth removed (under anaesthetic) the pain sparked off weeks of pain and set off my MS symptoms leaving me feeling very fatigued and with aches and pains. Everytime I get a filling done, it takes a few days to recover. I am very sensitive to pain since developing MS.
I did find an article somewhere that talked about false teeth not being ideal for paitents with MS and explained why in terms of spasticity/jaw movement. Hence, I would say that this is an argument for trying to retain one’s real teeth so as to prevent the pain and possible relapse (well in my case anyways) that goes with each dental procedure such as filings or extractions, that i have done

January 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(84) Michele says:

Hi! I just wanted to say that I too used to have terrible heart palpitations and felt weak and nauseous with the numbing injections. It is the epinephrine in the injection, ask the doc to have injections with no epi. The only thing that the epi does is keep it numb longer, so it is great because without it I don’t have to deal with the numb mouth that fizzes like mad. It really helps. And I also have to say that I have had terrible problems with my teeth and I know it has to do with my illnesses, disorders and medications that are stealing them from me. I wish the medical community would realize this and cover it as a medical insurance. My dental under my husbands work, covers very little, I cannot afford to fix some teeth, and my dentist tells me that soon they will have to pull them. But I cannot do anything about it.

February 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm
(85) Molly says:

I found your site while trying to do research on pain in upper & lower jaw 2 WEEKS after I had a filling. I’ve had MS for over 40 years and the filling was done on my left side which is more sensitive to any stimulation than the right. This pain won’t go away!

March 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(86) Angela says:

I want to know , as a person with M.S if dentel promblems go without attention due to only Mcare and Maid for insurance and no income can it cause more serious problems other than those from M.S. ?

I’ve been asking for dental help for 3 years and cant seem to find any unless it can kill you !

March 14, 2012 at 10:03 am
(87) Nancy says:

I had a horrible flare after a simple dental procedure — I have since been pre-medicating before all my dental procedures — next up, a crown! My neuro tells me that bacteria in the mouth is released into the blood stream during routine visits to the dentists and and increase in the level of cytokines in the bloodstream and tissue happens, causing the immune system to react. I couldn’t move (literally) after a cleaning — and I take good care of my teeth! So it’s not unusually to ask for premedication from your doc. Your dentist can even prescribe. But…….from my experience, my dentist was not aware of the relation of MS flares and dental cleanings. He is now. Also, if you suffer from Fibromyagia, same thing can happen.

March 16, 2012 at 12:00 am
(88) DEE says:

I was diagnosed with MS nine years ago when my feet went numb three weeks after having thirteen fillings done, nine on one day and three a couple days later. I did not associate the dental work with my feet going numb until almost a decade later. If you research amalgams/mercury poisoning and the commonalities MS patients experience with their symptoms and how they are the same as a patient who is going through mercury poisoning and start your journey there, I have been able to somewhat reverse my MS symptom progression by about 80% reducing the tingles and numbness and insomnia and anger/mood swings associated, but I diid quite a bit of continuous research – I will repeat quite a bit of research – I went to a mercury free holistic dentist approved by the IAOMT who safely removed my silver mercury fillings using a rubber dam and much ventilation and then I began detoxing for the past year and again I will say, my MS has improved more significantly than it ever has over the past eight months.

April 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm
(89) Tabitha says:

I just came home from dentist, and I’m in horrific pain! All I had done was 4 fillings. The dentist could not deaden me to the point of no pain, but just kept doing that drilling even after several times of trying to deaden. It was awful for me and my son had to watch the whole thing. I’ve had MS for 5 years (if not longer), but all i know is dentist need to do some research on the effects of dental work on MS patience before they just fall off and start.. When we say ” I have MS” as a proffesional they should stop and find out how dental work would affect their patient!!

May 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm
(90) Ortiz says:

I’ve had a root canal years ago, mybe in 2007, couple of months later made the dr take it out cuz it was causing me lots of pain beside not able to close my mouth from inside well like before. Now I can’t even eat well nor align my teeth to close my mouth from inside that I sometimees even bite my myself when I eat & to sleep, ufff!! Gotta find a dentist dr that is familiar w/ ms & my medicare doesn’t even cover dentist :( live in Florida.

May 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm
(91) Ortiz says:

4got 2 mention just found out that I have ms last month, so which means it was slowly creepy on me for years not knowing why my body was slowing me, so I don’t know if it has any connection w/ dentist, just need a good one that is familiar w/ ms, living in florida, Ocala has couple of them but don’t know who’s the good one. :)

July 11, 2012 at 9:50 am
(92) LaurieK says:

This was a very useful thread!

I have just been diagnosed (July 22,2012) with MS, after 2 years of MRI’s and minor symptoms we were all hoping was just myelitis. In April, a severe pain in the right side of my face drove me to the dentist because of the tooth pain and my primary to check for an ear and sinus infection. 2 courses of antibiotics and lots of Motrin (or time?) cut the pain, but it still remained into May when I had my scheduled MRI. When I explained the pain and we reviewed the MRI, my Neurologist said she wanted me to have the lumbar puncture, something we have put off because I have had only tingling and slight pain in my legs and fatigue that I attributed to life in general. The spinal fluid confirmed I do have MS.


July 11, 2012 at 9:52 am
(93) Laurie K says:

I have a great dentist, one I found after years of problems– I also have sensitive teeth. Under the Trigeminal Neuralgia in my face, there was a tooth with a huge filling and a pocket that has been sensitive and painful at times since the filling was put it in 2 years ago. He says it needs a root canal to prevent infection (It was infected in June when I was in for a check up). I was supposed to start the root canal this morning, but we discussed everything (after I read this thread last night) and we agreed it can wait. I start on copaxone today, and I explained that the medicine is meant to reduce relapses, so if there is a chance that the dental work may cause a relapse, I would like to have been on the meditation for a while before we start. He wished me luck and told me to let him know immediately if I have problems–I’m so glad to have a good dentist!

Gabapentin and time have reduced the TN to a dull stiffness below my right eye and I currently have no teeth pain–another reason I really did not want the root canal yet. I do have several teeth with fillings but only 2 root canals (the last one in a wisdom tooth that he did, did very well, with minimal pain afterwards). I also still have all 4 wisdom teeth(well, sort of, see last parenthesis). At 46 and just starting the MS meds, I now realize paying attention to my teeth will be an important part of my MS management, physically and emotionally. This is not something well covered in any of the published literature on MS, at least from what I have seen so far.
Thanks to you and all those who posted for all the information!

July 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm
(94) Patricia says:

I have never considered any association of dental work and ms symptoms, but it does bring to mind that—MS is affected by infections of any kind. If you will just think of why you are having dental work…usually it’s in infection /inflammation.

July 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm
(95) Flossie Flosser says:

Oh, yes. Definitely. I reliably have a moderate-to-severe MS attack several weeks after receiving dental work (other than cleanings). I noticed the correlation years ago but every dentist I’ve ever mentioned it to, has responded defensively. To combatthis relatively powerless situation, and knowing that any severe attack could kill me, my response has been to brush and floss compulsively. This upside is that my teeth and gums are in great shape. The downside is that eventually my fillings will no doubt get old and will have to be removed anyway and I have no idea what I’ll do when that day comes. I think it’s high time for a serious study. Hello, NIH? Are you there?

August 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm
(96) Monica says:

I had a wisdom tooth pulled a couple of days ago, but there have been no MS related symptoms that have come of it. I had a double mastectomy with no effects as well. My MS doesn’t seem to be affected by medical problems or issues.

August 16, 2012 at 11:03 am
(97) Simon says:

Had a wisdom out 6 weeks ago & been declining since. Just finished a 3 day course of iv steroids, so hopefully on the mend now! Definatly think it’s dental related! ???

December 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(98) Bijoux says:

I had fillings done 2 weeks ago with local anesthesia. In 4 days i developed paresthesia in both of my feet and genitalia. Same tinglings sensation with pressure. I have also not had enough sleep but i tend to think that anesthetic was a deciding factor in a chain of events. I only had one attack previously 7 months ago that involved vision.

January 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm
(99) Leslie says:

I am having top dentures and a lower partial made. I had 3 teeth on the bottom pulled first…went back 3 days later for another 2 on the bottom and a few small fillings. 4 days after that I had 6 on the top pulled. The bottom was a piece of cake…. but the 6 on top were stressful. And also the numbing shots were not fun. Since the 6 on top were pulled I have had increased MS symptoms including pings in my right ear that get very loud and when the sounds get loud I experience vertigo. I would say yes to the fact that dental work causes MS flare ups. Its from stress on our minds and bodies. But if it has to be done… find a dentist that is gentle and understanding.

January 31, 2013 at 8:24 pm
(100) Sirena says:

I have ALWAYS been very aware of my teeth and using proper oral hygiene techniques to insure they stay beautiful and in top shape,l especially since I earned my living as a model. However, since I was dx with Remitting/Relapsing MS in June 2006, and in spite of continual regular brushings, flossings, dental cleanings, etc. I have begun to notice that several of my teeth are changing. I notice that several are loosing their enamel and I they are “flaking” away on the sides, leaving some teeth permanently unattractive…so, far, I am the only one who notices. I have also noticed that my gums bleed even biting into a banana or when I suck my breath inward…as if trying to blow up a balloon. Are any of you experiencing anything similar? I do believe it is MS related..because nothing else makes since…with my history of tooth care.

February 12, 2013 at 12:25 am
(101) Janis says:

I had major dental work done in the summer of 2009. Veneers put on just about all my teeth which were stained from anti-biotics taken as a child. After 8 dental office visits, and a massive amount of novacaine. I had a new smile…and within 2 months, was diagnosed with MS. About 2 years later, had a routine cleaning…one weak spot in the back required a shot of novacaine….within 2 weeks of this I had a relapse. I am convinced novcaine triggers my MS. My dentist doesn’t agree.

February 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm
(102) seven_deadlies says:

I recently had a root canal and an apicoectomy on different days, plus several fillings and an extraction this year.

The cause was persistant vomiting over time has worn the enamel down, paired with dry mouth as a side effect of medication, and even with the best measures you throw in pregnancy last year and my mouth was shot. Moving on to the procedure.

My lips tremble and I can’t stop it. This means I have to go to a doctor sure-handed enough to do his ‘thing’ without resting his hand on my chin as many tried to in the past. While nothing terrible happened during the procedure within the same week of all procedures I experienced : digestive obstruction, spastic digestive/abdomen pain, tremors for 24 hours, and weakness for 48 hours after the procedure.

February 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm
(103) seven_deadlies says:

PS – My husband says my moods alter drastically after anesthetics however I am not sure about this. It is difficult to tell is it really the anesthetics or is it just an excuse for him to say my anger is not justified. Perhaps…. it reduces the threshold of what I am able to emotionally tolerate after anesthetics.

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March 6, 2013 at 8:10 am
(105) Patricia Stymiest says:

Well,I just had a root canal 2 weeks ago,and I have noticed a flare in my symptoms!I have to add that I have been througha VERY stressful family situation so What is causing the flare is hard to determine.However,since on the topic of dental work and MS symtoms,I was wondering if anybody had a hard time recovering from any dental procedure(delayed healing)My dentist says that the root canal I had went perfectly,yet I am in so much pain still.I had to go back a few times(1st to have the root removed then to find out why it still hurt after a round of anti biotics.Then found out I needed another round of anti biotics because the infection was still there.Even after that it still hurt!When I went in to have the permanent filling put in all the infection was TOTALLY gone so my dentist filled it in.Still HURT a week later!!!!She filed the fillind down a bit seeing as whenever I would bite down,my tooth was clench with my bottom teeth.She said that this might be why it still hurts(from the clenching)This was 2 days ago…still hurts!!!She told me to give it until Friday(that would be a total of 4 days…today is wed…not a sighn of any major relief!I guess I was wondering if MS could make my nerves more touchy,and maybe making the healing process seem slower,and pain slow to diminish.Any thoughts anyone?

April 8, 2013 at 2:21 am
(106) Della H. Farmer says:

I am 65 years old, female with Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.). Diagnosed 1988. I need the following dental work: 4 molars and 2 upper opposing teeth pulled; 4 implants; bone rebuilding for implants; and 2 front teeth fillings. I have regular yearly checkups and I thought that the jaw pain was from M.S. This last checkup did reveal that my teeth were seriously infected and need to come out. My question is should I just have the necessary teeth removed and front fillings, but postpone or not have the implants done at all? I am 65 and the added implant cost is double the total amount of the procedures. I am going to have all six teeth pulled the same day, because I’d rather get the horrible thing it over with. ….any comments about the implant question? Thanks.

April 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(107) Brian H. says:

I was diagnosed with rrms 4 years ago. I had a root canal and crown about 2 years ago and had a relapse exactly 1 week later. I needed a double dose of steroids to stop the lapse. I have just recently had a tooth pulled that was infected (abcess) and exactly 1 week later started to have a relapse that I am still recovering from. I am now taking high dose prednisone which is 4 weeks after I had solumedrol treatment when the relapse started, that had helped a little but didnt stop the lapse as it usually does. Now I am very concerned about having dental work done but I do realize that the infection is probably what has caused the inflammatory response. It may be beneficial to remove infected teeth and go through steroid treatment than to just let it go, infection is bad news due to the fact that reducing inflammation in the body should be a priority. Thought I should share my experience.

May 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm
(108) Bret says:

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(109) ARTLB says:


May 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm
(110) Carla says:

Dx w/MS in 2006-Dx w/RA and Fibro in 2009. Dx w/COPD 2012. About 3 yrs ago my teeth started breaking in pieces. (In the past I have had 2 caps and 1 root canal).

My lower bridge popped out and cannot be fixed. My est of cost to fix all my teeth is to the tune of over $15K. Ummm I don’t think so. I am on SSDI w/Medicare only.

I am in the process of finding a dentist w/reasonable cost to pull teeth and have dentures put in.

I was told that because of all the meds your mouth becomes a cotton ball so bacteria can stay and hide making teeth brittle. At first it bothered so much about my teeth that I was severely depressed. Now I’m passed that stage and I’m no longer vain.

It is what it is and I deal with it :)

July 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm
(111) Ronald Calvert says:


I have studied and battled MS for 51 years and can safely say that I am an expert on MS. The Neurologist know nothing about MS other than what their MS patients have told them. They are hung up on the unproven autoimmune idea and the equally unproven idea that surpressing the immune system with toxic drugs is somehow going to slow the progression. The unholy alliance between the Neuros and the drug companies now guarantees you will never see a “CURE as MS is now a $20,000,000,000 ( that’s 20 billion ) industry. The MS drug companies don’t give a damm how many livers they destroy or how many people they kill. To make my point,Tysabri has now killed 267 of my MS sisters & brothers.

Twenty five months ago, I went to Synergy Health Concepts and had the Liberation Treatment. Not expecting much due to the long duration and residual damage, I was amazed at the results of 12 significent improvements. Plain and simple, THEY GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK!! tHE NEUROLOGIST THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING DRUG COMPANY MONEY AND THE NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY HAVE FOUGHT THIS FROM DAY ONE. WHY? THEY REALIZE THIS PROCEDURE IS GOING TO DERAIL THEIR 20 BILLION DOLLAR GRAVEY TRAIN.

July 9, 2013 at 12:10 am
(112) Angie says:

was diagnosed with MS this past spring…..although, in hindsight, should have been diagnosed a long time ago. In May, my dentist recommended an implant with bone graph. I asked my neurologist advice. He suggested against it. I had just started Rebif; he was concerned about infection with the bone graph. The tooth in question previously had a crown, the crown came off and the foundation and remaining tooth both broke. The dentist removed the base of the crown and the remainder of the tooth. It was a LONG and painful procedure. I am into week 6 and the gum has not yet healed enough to work on the bridge that I am getting in place of an implant. I am glad that I ask my neurologist about it and I’m glad that he said no. The stress of finding out about MS, starting Rebif, the pain and healing of removing the old tooth and crown has been enough. I don’t know if an implant would have caused a relapse but my doctor didn’t think it was a chance I should take. I agree.

July 9, 2013 at 12:39 am
(113) tk says:


I found the author of this article made an interesting comment. It was about people telling her that mercury fillings cause MS. She chalked it up to one’s uninformed commentaries. I’m not surprised as she is most likely in the field of “conventional medicine.” In a country where so many are sick and are taking prescrption meds, one would wonder what conventional medicine has done for us lately.

People with MS have on average 7 times higher mercury levels than normal. A conventional medical book will not give you the cause of Mylin sheath deteriortion, only that it exists. Mercury will eat away the mylin sheath. It can cross the blood-brain barrier. It can enter immune cells and distort them (auto-immune diseases). It is cumulative, and very aggressive. Alternative medical books state that there is no distinction betweet the symptoms of MS and mercury poisoning.
I felt 90% better after doing a mercury cleanse with supplements from my local health food store. I have known many people with auto-immune “disease” who found out the same thing I did. Remember, drugs are BIG business, and DRs have huge tuition debt, houses, Mercedez, and yachts to pay for!
I recommend the book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” from most healthfood stores. Also an ABSOLUTE MUST is a book called “The Poison in Your Teeth” from the website dentalwellness4you.com.

July 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm
(114) Roger from Manchester, Ia says:

I’ve had one dental implant in front lower jaw. No problems associated with the implant but plenty of problems before having implant installed. Cost, I tell everybody I have a Cadillac in my mouth. It was the only option I had because my two adjacent teeth were not strong enough to hold a fake tooth in place.

August 1, 2013 at 5:13 am
(115) Debra says:

I would like to add that I had a partial knee impart that has given me pain for over 2 yrs. It just will not heal, chronic pain everyday of my life. I was ill as well for those two yrs and still am. Turns out I tested positive for Lyme disease long time after the surgery. I know the Lyme kept me pain for so long…..the doctor never could figure it out, I wouldn’t give up. I wanted to be tested for everything under the sun. And MS is one of the first that must be ruled out, Lupus, Fibromyagia, and many more…..I am still having more tests done, I am sick of it. But my point here is I often wondered if someone had Lyme disease, didn’t know it, and had major surgery done…if they had any healing problems that the doctors couldn’t explain. I would be sacred to death to have any other operations now and those goes for ANY dental work. And I was treated for Lyme, but it wasn’t discovered for quite a few yrs. It so political……ans so terribly real.

August 1, 2013 at 5:25 am
(116) Debra says:

Also I had a friend who was diagnosed with MS, in her 40′s, she had to use a cane because of her fatigue, weakness and leg problems. She went to a local Dr. that tried a holistic treatment on her for sometime. And it worked! she went back to school and is now an R.N. My next test is tyhroid…if they find anything I am trying to holistic route. I can’t stand this anymore, my whole life has changed, there is no cure, it always lays dormate in your system….gets worse with stress or trauma. But you can feel much better than I do now. Lyme has many of the same symtoms as MS as well. Thank for listening.

August 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm
(117) Gwyn Reed says:

Hi. I was diagnosed with MS almost two years ago and I’ve had a lot of dental surgery done. I wanted to get an implant don’t when I lost my adult tooth that was impacted but I was too nervous to do so because when I was researching MS, I saw that dental surgery could be a cause of MS. I was going to get a single tooth denture but the dentist told me about the permanent bridge. I am getting that done but my experience with it thus far has not been good. When I went for the first visit to have my teeth filed down, the numbness wire off so he had to stick me again. Not fun. this being my second visit, he tried to take off the temporary tooth but it was so painful and my tooth was so sensitive from the cold air in the office that he had to numb me. The worse pain in the world. He put so much novacaine in my mouth that it took 5 hits or so for it to completely go away. It didn’t go away quietly, it left me with a terrible headache. After he shot me with the drug, my body began to shake. I am wearing sunglasses because of the Sun light coming through the window.

September 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm
(118) Cheryl Musgrave says:

I’m 67 with MS. 3 times that I’ve seen a dentist I experienced minor relapses. My MS does not remit. I’m terrified to see the dentist. I made an appt. because of a loose tooth. Now I need 3 teeth removed and possible inplants. My dental problems could have been avoided had I seen a dentist more often through the years. Practicing bio-feedback,
meditation, etc. helps me to relax when facing stressfull situations. It sounds easy and it isn’t. I just say to myself put your big girl panties on and deal with it Maybe this time I won’t relapse.

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(119) kennyjfink says:

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